Title: WILL THE EARTH EXPLODE IN A POPULATION TIME BOMB?
Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: email@example.com Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count: 750 Web Address: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/10975
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WILL THE EARTH EXPLODE IN A POPULATION TIME BOMB?
By Arthur Zulu
This is not a tale out of jungle. Nor is it a script of a cave-dwelling bush tribe in some tropical forest. It may turn out to be tragic story of mankind.
The earth’s population has been steadily on rise. From one billion in eighteenth century to over six billion in twenty-first century. And this increase has gone to exacerbate poverty, hunger, disease, housing, unemployment and crime crisis. Public infrastructure have reached breaking point.
Consider these reports: “It is as possible that large portions of earth will be turned into desert by pressures of unmanageable population and poverty as by a nuclear holocaust” -- The New York Times.
“The hunger problem today is vastly different from that of past . . . Now there is so little food in so many parts of world. …” -- Time Magazine.
“The world is on verge of a human catastrophe. . . . whole continents have seen their hopes for future disappear” --The Guardian.
The situation is so desperate that more than half of earth’s population is now living below poverty line, without any hope of survival.
Already in war torn lands, people are eating grasses, insects, and worms, while some are selling their children for food. But grimmer fact is that these things are now happening in nations not at war. The cold pangs of hunger and death is gripping poor.
Then comes big question: Is it true that there is no food to feed growing population? The answer is a resounding no!
“According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)” reports Toronto Star, “there is already enough grain grown globally to feed everyone on earth . . . above minimum acceptable level”. But why is there no food for population?
One major problem is attitude of political rulers. Think of trillions of dollars spent each year on armaments for prosecuting senseless wars. This is not to talk of huge sum of money spent by heads of poor countries on white elephant projects like building impressive cathedrals and golden palaces, staging elaborate campaigns and state weddings, including foreign tours and allowances.